Honey, this is getting out of control .  .  .

The second Soul Shapers workshop ended yesterday and already class members are sharing articles, stories, songs, and video clips that they are seeing in a new way — like this Verizon commercial. As you watch it think about the ways it taps into choice theory concepts.

How many choice theory ideas did you see or hear?

+ It really captured how the preferences of adults can shape a kid. And so much of it is about little stuff that adds up over time.

+ It captured the subtle ways that adults seek to control children.

+ It made a point about how little time adults spend listening to, and the supporting, what their children are really interested in.

What did I miss? What choice theory points did you see the clip bring out?


Ok, since we’re looking at clips, and since we are looking at creative commercial clips, here’s one that class members used to teach a piece of The Chart during Soul Shapers 1. A girl, feeling like she is being left behind by her friends, fakes her period and then is surprised by her mother’s response. Pretty hilarious. But also instructive when it comes to the “steering wheel-like” nature of our quality world.

It’s amazing what comes to the fore during choice theory trainings. Gotta love it.


2 Responses to “Honey, this is getting out of control . . .”

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  1. Suzy Hallock-Bannigan says:

    Jim and Co (Soul Shapers): So much more is deep, profound: in the Verizon commercial, our girl’s Quality World is tenacious: the natural world and its wonder is much more important than a dress that might get dirty; watching critters in a jar is fascinating. Bill always said it’s important to know what can be changed and what cannot. This young girl may have a QWP which will prevail despite the seven deadlies, despite pressure to change. Bill always said there is so much more in the DNA than eye color. This commercial may document the importance of affirmation and encouragement, but sometimes a Quality World will triumph against the odds, not only for career choice, but partner choice (the GLBTQ among us). Madame Curie, Maya Angelou, Jane Austen…never, ever underestimate the power of a Quality World!

    • Jim Roy says:

      Even as I clicked on the PUBLISH button for the Verizon commercial blog, there was something going through my mind similar to what you have said, although it was not nearly as eloquent as you have put it. I love your phrase, ” . . . sometimes a Quality World will triumph against the odds . . .” Love it! I very much agree.

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